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Review: Spirited by Mary Behre

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Spirited 
Author: Mary Behre 
Reviewer: Gikany and Una
Rating: B-

What We’re Talking About:

Spirited is the debut novel in the Tidewaters series.  It is a paranormal romance with a detective drama twist.  Overall, Gikany and Una liked Spirited, but we did have a few small issues.

The novel mainly follows Jules, our ghost whisperer, who has returned home to start over after a messy divorce.  Jules is hoping to get back to working at the family flower shop and pretend that she doesn’t see, hear, or get pulled into awkward situations by ghosts.  Try as she might, she is not home long before a pesky spirit kicks her into the adjacent apartment.  But this isn’t just any apartment: it’s the apartment of Seth, a local detective who mistakes Jules as a prostitute.  Yup, we have to admit, it’s a funny way to start a novel!

The humor and light-heartedness of Spirited was refreshing.  The banter between Seth and Jules was pretty humorous.  Jules’ personality lends itself well to keeping things unexpected and light.  We enjoyed her character.  Although Seth seemed to lack a bit of depth and was a tad black and white, we can see how these unlikely two are drawn together.  However, it was disturbing near the end when Jules bares a little of herself only to be repudiated by Seth.  He seemed overly harsh and not quite keeping with what we had seen building over the novel.  Yet, we do understand that Jules and Seth both come together with quite some serious baggage.  Watching them work through those issues inspired hope and had us rooting for them.

Gikany and Una enjoyed the flow of the novel and how everything seemed to move and progress.  Although the mystery of the murders, the ghost, and the robberies is dark, it is lightened by the people and the absurd situations that Jules finds herself in.  Some aspects of the story were foreshadowed, but we were pleased that some twists and turns did take us by surprise.  The story was not super easy to figure out.

One aspect that seemed to glare was the police procedures.  Gikany and Una enjoy a good police procedural, and we felt that the practices that Seth and some of the other officers employed were not by the book.  In fact, there are several instances that just didn’t seem in keeping with standard police procedure.  These moments interrupted the authenticity of the novel and rubbed us the wrong way.  We are not experts in this field, but have read and watched plenty to have this reaction to the police standards apparent in Spirited.

Overall we liked Spirited and enjoyed the journey that Seth and Jules embarked.  With the few clues at the conclusion, we look forward to the next novel in the Tidewater series.

Rating:  B- Liked It, but we had a small issue

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About the Book:

She’s running from who she is
All Jules Scott wants is to live a normal, quiet life—preferably one that doesn’t include ghosts. Jules’s talent for communicating with the dead has brought her nothing but trouble. Despite her best efforts, needy spirits always find her and draw her into their otherworldly drama. When one implicates her in a series of deadly crimes, she may need to entrust her secrets to the person least likely to believe her.

He’ll do whatever it takes to catch her…
Detective Seth English can’t get distracted from the big case he’s working on, not even by his alluring new neighbor. He doesn’t believe that Jules had anything to do with the string of robberies-turned-murders that he’s investigating, but when she keeps showing up in all the wrong places, his gut tells him she knows more than she’s letting on. To solve his case, he’ll need to expose what the sexy redhead is hiding—no matter how impossible the truth may be

Release Date: March 4, 2014
Publisher: Berkley
Series: Tidewater #1
ISBN: #978-0425268612
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format(s): Paperback (320 pages), e-book
Book Source: Publisher

Purchase Info:
Spirited (Tidewater #1)

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